The Vestas Sailrocket 2 went out on Friday for its 13th run of the month in Namibia, and little did pilot Paul Larsen know that he was about to crush the OUTRIGHT SAILING SPEED RECORD by the biggest margin in the record’s history. Kiteboards, windsurfers, the Hydroptere; they all just went to the back of the line with the Rocket’s average 59.23-knot run, which included a peak of over 63 knots. That’s iceboat territory, and Walvis Bay is, for a while at least, the holy water of speed sailing.
We’ll have more from Paul once the hangover has worn off. He’s posting in the thread from Africa if you want to follow the story from the beginning.